Whether you need food, financial help, or holiday assistance, the Salvation Army of Conway and Faulkner County Arkansas may have resources for you or they can refer you to places to contact. The centers also can normally advise or support people in neighboring areas, such as Van Buren County or Cleburne County.
Food and clothing assistance is provided. The Salvation Army's Food Pantry and soup kitchens provide bags of nonperishable food and meals to families and seniors in need. Some volunteers may also devote time to bring meals to the homebound, such as the elderly and disabled. Any needy person, child, or student who is in need of clothing assistance may visit their local Social Services Office during normal business hours to request clothing assistance, including work and school supplies. Some items may be provided for students for back to school, or items/clothing around the holidays including Christmas.
Utility bill assistance may be offered for qualified individuals in Conway Arkansas. Families who are in need, or facing a hardship, may receive financial assistance or cash grants to help pay for water, heating fuel, and electricity bills. A focus is on helping during a cold winter spell or hot summer months. This is when people are most at risk if they do not have power.
The Faulkner County and Conway area Salvation Army centers can offer Christmas cheer, gifts, toys, and meals. The agency will normally being applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance at The Salvation Army in Conway for Van Buren County, Cleburne, Faulkner, and Perry County residents in late October.
Low income families with children 12 and under can apply for help with Christmas gifts. Anyone who will need help putting a holiday meal on the table can also apply to receive food assistance.
Disaster assistance and services are offered. The agency has developed a long standing reputation as being one of the leading natural disaster relief organizations that operates anywhere in the United States. If a disaster strikes, in Arkansas or somewhere else, the Salvation Army is there for people who are impacted. They use different Disaster Emergency Response Teams, and they are highly trained to help with social services, basic needs like food, spiritual needs, and counseling.
There is really a three-phase approach to addressing a disaster, whether natural or manmade. The first phase the agency uses is the Relief Phase. This involves moving staff and volunteers as quickly as possible to get facilities, equipment and experienced personnel in place for activities such as mass feeding, grief and crisis counseling as well as spiritual ministry and guidance.
The second phase of the disaster programs are the Recovery Phase. The Salvation Army sets up distribution centers and receiving warehouses. They are used to distribute donations of water, food, and other needed supplies to those who were impacted. Emergency financial assistance, cash grants, social services and casework is also available.
Rebuilding is the third phase, which involves people helping other local residents and those who were impacted rebuild their lives. This is done with personalized family services and emotional and spiritual support.
The Salvation Army Conway Thrift Store both resells and accepts new or gently used donations of household appliances, furniture, clothing, automobiles and other items. The store is open to people in the general public, and it provides a service to the community by offering people of all income high-quality everyday items at bargain prices. All donations made are tax-deductible and go to support Salvation Army programs and services in Conway, Faulkner, Perry County and other areas.
The Salvation Army Conway Corps Social Services, 950 Carson Cove; Suite 106, Conway, AR 72034, dial 501-329-1712
The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 807 Court St., Conway, Arkansas 72032, telephone number is 501-329-3158
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